It is a long and unbroken tradition that is quintessentially British – the lighting of swathes of beacons across the country to mark Royal jubilees, weddings, coronations and special birthdays.
And tonight, to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, it will be no different, as traditional bonfires, specially built gas-fuelled structures, and braziers on top of a tall wooden post will glow on at the peaks of mountains, across village greens, town centres and other sites around the country.
Here in Halifax, the “momentous occasion” will be marked at the aptly-named Beacon Hill, the site of previous celebrations.
The Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Lisa Lambert, said: “Calderdale is delighted to be joining in with the nation-wide beacon tribute.
“We were also recently part of the national Clean for the Queen campaign to get the country looking its best ahead of the Queen’s birthday. It was a great success in Calderdale, with people coming together to collect 800 bags of litter and clear up 17 tonnes of fly-tipping.”
A statement from Town Ward Labour Party said it not recommended for people to try to attend at the Beacon itself, as it’s not very accessible, but it should be visible from the town below from 7.30pm.
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